Grow your own! 10 of the best herb planters

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Whether it’s the mint for your mojito or a sprig of coriander to add to a salad, fresh herbs are essential for adding flavour and fragrance to your summer feasts and growing your own is the way to get them at their very freshest. Setting up herb planters in your kitchen for convenient access, or to add some greenery to a patio or balcony space, it’s a great way to keep your herbs fresh and looking stylish. Take your pick from our round-up of the best herb planters.

Hanging out

Fun and space efficient, the SOCKER hanging planter (£5, Ikea) comes in a variety of shades to suit a scheme or give a burst of colour to neutral deco. Being a hanging planter, it also won’t take up any space on your work surfaces and actually makes a nice little feature for your greenery.

Time for a trim

Patriotic and practical, the Garden Trading Herb Pot & Scissors (£16.50, Amara) will stay excellently camouflaged amongst your greenery and even comes with a set of handy trimmers to make sure your herbs are perfectly preened at all times.

Classically playful

If you’re not sure what to do with your plants, the Waitrose Garden Herb Pots & Tray Set (£5) will tell you. In a classic neutral cream with playful logos on each pot and a tray for easy watering – this really is great value for money and will look great in a kitchen.

Mix it up

Playing on the mixed materials trend, Sagaform’s Fix Herb Plant Pot (£26, Cloudberry Living) is made from oak and stoneware. The stoneware base features a pourer for excess water and the whole thing oozes Nordic chic.

Beautiful blues

Sophie Conran nails it again with her Herb Pots for Burgon & Ball (£12.95 for a set) which come in a range of blue/grey tones. Each set comes with a tray and look super smart on a window ledge.

Self sufficient

Scared you’re going to murder your herbs? With the Eva Solo Self Watering Herb Pots (from £30, John Lewis) you need not fear. The frosted glass pots are fitted with an innovative system that slowly releases the water you give your herbs, eradicating the risk of over or under-watering them. Bravo!

Perfectly patterned

These Enamel Herb Pots from Orla Kiely (£45) inject a little fun into your herb garden with some colour and pattern. These will make your chives stand out for sure.

Cutting shapes

Great for outdoors or inside, the Herb Hex Pot (£6.99, Homebase) brings texture, with terracotta, and shape into the mix. A great way to bring the outdoors in or add a Mediteranean vibe to your verander.

Forget me not

A great set for the forgetful, the Burgon & Ball Pots and Tray (£14.99, Ocado) are clearly labelled so you don’t confuse your sage with your sorrel and so on.

Pure & simple

Simple and beautiful as always, The White Company Enamel Herb Pots with Tray (£25) look fresh and bright. Featuring mango wood handles on the tray, it can be used to house the plants or even for keeping your favourite condiments neatly to one side.

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